Monday, January 12, 2015

Out on a limb

Hello friends!! My blog will start seeing more posts again, I just had to catch up a bit and there are still lots of things to organise here. It is Monday and we have a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, namely to create an inky background.
Our container, and therefore also most of my craft supplies, is still making it's way across the oceans, so I am crafting with limited supplies. I love creating background with layers of ink and there is something magical about making a background appear out of a blank piece of paper. This week, I worked in my Small Creative Journal again, using Distress Spray Stains, Distress Ink, Archival Inks and some heat embossing. The stamps are all by Darkroom Door.

I started out by heat embossing a lovely script stamp using white embossing ink. Then I misted water on a page and the continued with Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stains. The embossing resists the misted ink. When the first layer was dry, I used two stencils by Simon Says Stamp and Distress Ink to add another layer.
The parrots were inked with mini Distress Inks, which work well for this technique. I misted the inked stamp with water about four times before stamping on the page. The watercolour effect gives a great fuzzy look to the parrots, almost like feathers.

For a final layer, I stamped sentiments, scratches and some more images with Potting Soil Archival Ink, which stands out nicely against the other layers of the page.
I hope you will get inky with us this week! And then it might be you who wins this week's $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly.

Thank you for stopping by today!!
Happy inking!
Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions: Small Creative Journal
Ink: Distress Ink. Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany; Distress Ink Mini: Kit #1, Kit #2Kit #6; Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Mist: Distress Spray Stain: Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
Embossing powder: Ranger: White
Stencil: Simon Says Stamp: Swirls & Dots, Polka Dot Party


  1. Anna-Karin you're the Queen of inky background! this is a wonderful work!!! I love every little detail! barbarayaya

  2. Fabulous! Glad to hear you are getting settled. Love the oranges in this. They really stand out in the pretty page.

  3. Love how you did the parrots, it kind of does look like feathers. Wonderful composition, too. I can't believe how long it is taking that container with your art supplies to get there! Hope it gets there soon.

  4. Considering your limited supplies, you have created the most wonderful background! I love those fuzzy parrots too, it really does like feathers - so beautiful. Anne x

  5. Beautiful warm Colors. Thanks for showing how you made it. Love the stamping too. Anneke.

  6. Love love love the background colors and patterns you created. This journal page is fabulous. :)

  7. Such a wonderful page, Anna-Karin! The parrots are so cute! I couldn't tell you're on limited supplies! Hope your craft supplies will arrive soon! Hugs, Sandra

  8. What an amazing page, Anna-Karin ... fabulous rich colours ... so perfect with those tropical looking parrots! Anita :)

  9. Very unique and interesting. A lovely contribution, I really, really like the colors.

  10. Hi Anna Karin, how are you doing. hope you are settling well in Sweden again :)
    These are beautiful pages and with limited craft supplies. Lesson must learn - for me :)

  11. Fantastic inky background! The birds look awesome! Love all the stenciled detail!

  12. Saw this at SSS and had to come tell you how much I love it. Looks like it was a blast to make and your birds caught my attention and I couldn't stop admiring them. Fabulous inking.

  13. Those fuzzy watery birds are incredible! I like the whole feel of this piece and the color palette was unique and stunning. I also liked how some of your text stood out in white.

  14. Oh my goodness! How have I never seen these love parrots before? You brought them to life so beautifully! They're adorable :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Even with limited supplies, you never fail to amaze! Beautiful page. I love the background, but it's the birds that really caught my eye. What a great technique!

    Hope you're doing well. Take care of yourself!

  16. So glad that you're getting settled in your new home, Anna-Karin! As for your journaling page, it is just beautiful ~ the inky background and layering is perfect and the details are amazing ~ love it!

  17. Really wonderful layers of ink and embossing! I love the bright, beautiful look of your page! TFS!

  18. Stunning inky colours - and what an unbelievable result on limited crafting supplies! It's a glorious page.
    Alison xx


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